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This show is commercially available as "Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings "
Amazing. The Dead takes us through those baroque, red-velvet hallways of always, so lovingly slow, meditative, unhurried, committed to the art and asking our participation. Lots of highlights here; a few notes:
-The insanely long opening jam to Peggy-O, and again with He's Gone
-Bobby and Donna's beautiful ending to Looks Like Rain
-S>F - man, the last number of minutes on the latter....*whew*, sometimes you just have to shake you head in awe what Jerry can do.
-*two* second set suites.
Your cup will overflow here. This board actually compares nicely to the official release, if you're able to find it. They're quite different, but equally interesting.
Why waste time and space with such a stupid review? Talkin' to you Dylan&TheDed. I'll keep this short - not a song by song review. The whole 1st set is real good (check out the drums on El Paso and all of Music). All of set II is also real good (mostly He's Gone through Morning). This show is just as good as any of the east coast shows earlier in the year. The Aud. available for download is recommended.
Subject: one of the best second sets played by the boyz
In my opinion, the first set is a snoozer with the exception of TMNS which is a scorcher. The second set, however, is excellent top to bottom, with my favorite bits being Drums > Samson and the Terrapin > Dew. Five star second set, 3 star first so 4 overall.
Tidewater four ten O nine -
Subject: "U.S. Blues"
I'll stick with the 5 star rating 'cos it's a fine show indeed, but the second encore is in fact "U.S. Blues" and not "OMSN". I mention this for those who like to get their (disc and/or cover) labels right. All the previous comments stand though - excellent LLR, Peggy-O, FOTD and all the rest culminating in great 'Terra/Dew'. God bless the Grateful Dead.
Since 77 -
Subject: Let me on this bandwagon!
I have to agree with the assessment of fojomo74 (below) regarding this show being a "hidden gem." I think I might like it as well or better than the other two shows, the next two nights.
Nobody has mentioned Peggy-O. It's one of my wife's faves, so I always pay close attention when they play this tune so I can alert her to the really good ones, and this is definitely one. This is a slower but nearly flawless rendition.
I also like the Scarlet, especially as it works patiently toward the transition into Fire. In fact,(as mentioned by another reviewer) this is an especially good night for ALL transitions. Check out Drums into Samson; is that not cool!?
LLR is imaginatively played, MNS smokes, and the Samson>Terrapin is outstanding. Dew kills.
In general, this show has a little more laid-back approach, and in some ways seems as much like a '76 show as a '77. Yeah, the more relaxed groove of '76 with the blistering playing and precision of '77. It just seems like they were having a fun time here and were allowing the music to play the band a bit.
I like this show A LOT. To my ears, this is in the Top 10 - maybe Top 5 -even for '77. That's a huge claim, I know; listen carefully and you might agree.
Subject: winterland forever
Jerry's phrasing at the end of Music Never Stopped is uncanny
& a tremendous Morning Dew better than than 5/8/77
but not better than 10/18/74 sorry Medicus the hi-hat is way too ubiquitous in this version
Subject: i just found my new and permanent
favorite show of all time. and i've only listened to about 3 minutes of bertha.
Subject: top shelf Morning Dew
This my favorite Morning Dew of all time. Surpassing the 5/8/77 among others. The vocals have minor flaws, but the emotion of the vocals, the strength of the mid song jam and the ridiculous crescendo jam make this the #1 Dew of ALL TIME!
The only thing that would have made the moment better is if the show ended with the Dew and they didnt segue into the Around and Around.
5 star Dew!
Subject: A hidden gem indeed
This show is like that really cute girl you had eyes for back in the day .. like an untouched gem. Guys would notice her, but pass her by because she wasn't very popular (5/7 - 5/9, 6/8, 6/9, etc.) or she didn't fit in like the other hot girls. But later on, after high school ... she blossoms into the girl that just rocks your world and you finally realize just what you've got your hands on. Listen folks, this show will earn your vote and probably make your list of the top 5 song transitions the boys have ever made- bar none. I kid you not, just listen to the estimated -> he's gone and you'll realize what I mean. I'll break it down for you, because it is a masterpiece. Right out of estimated, instead of switching off his envelope filter, he experiments by keeping it going for the 1st few bars of he's gone .. with absolute fluidity. Than .. w/out a hitch, he changes over to the signature tone of he's gone. Its magic .. one of the smoothest transitions I've ever heard. Listen for yourself! The he's gone is a really tasty version over all .. Jerry gets funky and jazzy towards the end.
Subject: Wow, that's it, wow...
Yes, it is easy to overlook this one with all the other '77 shows, especially the face-stealing abilitites of the 6/9 show.
But seriously folks, this is a gem. A few audio problems haunt the night (what's a GD show without aud issues?)but overall the sound is good, IMHO. The obvious highlight is the Terrapin>Dew of the second set, this think will take you to another world and then bring your right back home. I love the "preview jam" before the last verse, but the main dew jam here is the real deal, with an intense crescendo! I'd have to put it right up there with 5/8!
But the Scar>Fire>Good Lovin is nice as well, not 5/8 material, but as good or beter than you'd find in any "non-77" year.
Overall a great show, 4-stars for the audio problems.
Subject: Winterland 77
I had recieved this show from David Hollister, and didn't realize this version really hadn't circulated. I think, as was already said, if it's a Winterland 77 show, it's definitely worth hearing. I'd throw 78 in with that statement also. When I did the editing I did, not much, I checked to see if the show, and lineage was listed on etree. It wasn't, so I made sure it got circulated. To me, If I had the Winterland 77-78 shows, and 5/7 + 8/77, I'd have enough to keep me very happy, and, I dom so I am.
Maybe it's overshadowed by all the phenomenal shows that populate 1977. For instance, the June 9th second set will positively tear your face clean off. Here's a rule of thumb to go by...
If it's 1977 and it's Winterland then it's worthy of a download. Period.
The March run is superior IMHO but there is no reason not to have the June run as well!
Subject: Great Show That Is Overlooked! ? !
This is a great show at Winterland, Check it out.